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Re: Need help in X Windows installation

Hamish Moffatt wrote (Thu, 11 Dec 1997 18:36:55 +1100 ):
|>On Wed, Dec 10, 1997 at 08:00:30PM -0800, Alan Su wrote:
|>> Daniel Martin at cush wrote (Wed, 10 Dec 1997 22:34:52 -0500 ):
|>> |>Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org> writes:
|>> |>
|>> |>> The window manager should always be last too. Specifically, the last
|>> |>> command should not end in &, but it's most useful if that's the window
|>> |>> manager. You could make it xclock or something, but then you'd
|>> |>> have to kill the clock somehow to logout.
|>> |>
|>> |>Depends - most window managers will send a message to all active X
|>> |>clients when they exit that causes them to shut down.
|>> I don't think this is right...I've fiddled a lot with window managers,
|>> and I switch them ``mid-flight'' quite a bit.  (Since I have an xterm
|>> as the final exec'd command, killing my window manager doesn't end my
|>> x session.)  If what you're saying is true, every time I switch window
|>> managers, all my windows would die, effectively ending the session.
|>> Needless to say, this doesn't happen.
|>The window manager will replace itself with the new one,
|>(using an exec() call, presumably). So the same command in
|>your .xsession/.xinitrc is still running.

This is only true if you use the window manager facility to restart.
I usually kill the window manager with (kill <pid>), temporarily
leaving me window manager-less.  Then, I start another window manager
from a shell I have open.  I suppose I could configure my window
manager to exec a different window manager, but that's too much
effort.  or i'm too lazy.  (probably the latter.)


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